Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed the club have turned down a number of approaches for Mario Balotelli.

The 20-year-old international had an outstanding Euro 2012, finishing with three goals and helping Italy to the final.

Mancini has revealed up to five teams have made enquiries, but all have been told he is not available.

“There were four or five teams. Not just from Italy also from France,” said Mancini.

“Many important teams wanted him but he’s a top player and I never thought about saying yes to any of them.”


Mancini was delighted with his striking starlet played for Italy this summer, and feels it will help his development.

“I hope he develops and he had a fantastic Euros but I don’t think he can change his behaviour because he played very well,” he said.

“It can help him because he may understand that he has all this quality, it’s important for him to improve his behaviour around football.

“I hope the Euros can help him with that.”